Two Events on Faith and Politics

By Frank Lesko, Coordinator of Justice and Peace

There is no question about it:  Our faith is challenging.  The readings this week are no exception.  Indeed, “the word of God is living an effective, sharper than any two-edged sword,” as the reading from Hebrews says.  The Gospel pulls no punches either in its direct critique on wealth and the wealthy.

Translating this message into concrete actions in our lives is a struggle that takes a lifetime.  The Word of God delivers a message that at face value can leave your jaw dropped in disbelief.  It can seem almost impossible to imagine and even harder to put into practice.  Yet the world we live in is full of limitations and competing values and needs.  How do we take this faith message and apply it to our lives?  How do we select a candidate when none of them may match our values entirely?

Panel Discussion

Parishioners will testify to that very same struggle in an upcoming Faith on Fire evening.  On Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 PM in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel, four dynamic parishioners will give witness to how their faith as impacted their lives.  Given the political season, they will focus on how their faith has helped shaped their lives as citizens.  How does being part of a faith community influence their values?  How does the Gospel guide us in our day-to-day decisions in our family, our workplace, and the voting booth?

  • Danielle Fogg works as an oncology nurse and has previously led the Sister Parish ministry with her husband Doug, who is a history teacher.
  • Deb Royale-Mizerk is the Artistic Director for the Justice Theater project and a theater professor at Duke University
  • Kent Siefkes has a long career at IBM and is the former chair of the Knights of Columbus

World Renowned Speaker on Faith & Politics

Our parish has the honor of hosting a world-renowned speaker on faith and politics.  Fr. Kenneth Himes, OFM, is a professor at Boston College will speak to us on Sunday evening, October 21 at 7:30 in the church sanctuary.  In light of the Year of Faith, how can we better understand the Vatican II to be faithful citizens engaged in the world?  Fr. Himes is a leading scholar on Catholic Social Teaching and the relationship between faith and politics.